Sony has launched the successor to the T200 with the introduction of the 10.1-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-T300 digital camera.

Boasting an ultra-compact design and "intelligent functionality" to help reduce the risk of taking a bad photo, the new model has Sony's new intelligent scene recognition (iSCN), a technology that allows the camera to analyse shooting conditions and automatically select the optimal settings for the best photo results.

What appears to be an idiot-proof innovation, in advanced iSCN mode, the camera will shoot using the user's selected settings and then will automatically step in and take a second shot with optimised settings.

The T300 has a 3.5-inch touchscreen Clear Photo LCD Plus screen, a Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens, Super SteadyShot image stabilization and sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200.

Face detection can now differentiate between adult's and children's faces and it also boasts the smile shutter setting to ensure only happy faces are snapped.

The DSC-T300 will be available in red, black and silver in the US and the UK in March for about $400, UK pricing not yet confirmed.